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    Release Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan

    The brutal rape and killing of a 19-year old woman by four Thakur men in Hathras was one of the shocking events in the country. The UP police had arrested Siddique Kappan, a Malayalee journalist who had come to report the incident. He was arrested on October 5th, last year, in Mathura.

    The life of Siddique Kappan is now in a pitiable state. The brutal torture and revenge inflicted on that man in prison and in hospital shock the human conscience. It does not seem likely that there will be another prisoner who has been subjected to such brutal torture. Siddique Kappan is undergoing treatment for Covid -19 at Mathura Medical College in Uttar Pradesh. Even in this unhealthy condition, he is put in chains like an animal in a hospital bed in Mathura.

    Did he commit such a heinous crime? Is it not unjust to do so much cruelty to this man? He only did the work that a journalist should do.
  • #728898
    While I do agree that arrest of Journalist Kappan has created national outrage and the treatment meted out need to be condemned. We have to know the reality before commenting on the police action. If Kappan was innocent then why the Press council was silent and why the Kerala journos were not protesting. Some issues are of national importance and who were involved has to be tried by the laws and as regards to meeting out the torture, that should have been avoided but the police of other state would surely have the third degree method to get the statement and that is what happened here.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #728918
    Unless we know the real cause for his arrest by the UP Police, we cannot comment or recommend a release. What Kappan really did is not stated by the author. Police won't just arrest journalists for nothing. If his arrest was illegal, the whole journalist community would have protested against his arrest. But nothing happened. Why?
    No life without Sun

  • #728947
    As shared by author the police does not touch the fourth estate just like that as they know it will become the burning issue national wide. So we have to know the other side what happened.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #728951
    The author has raised a case in which the UP police had arrested the Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan. It seems Mr Kappan was arrested in the month of October 2020 under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Under this act what is the exact charge on him will come to light in the trial proceedings against him. Meanwhile he has contracted Covid-19 infection and is under treatment in KVM Hospital in Mathura. He is having some other ailments also and requires good medical treatment. As per the news in the media, the CM of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan has requested to the UP CM Mr Yogi to personally intervene in the matter and shift the journalist to a better hospital and also to see that no inhuman behaviour is done with him. Let us see how this case unfolds further.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #728954
    Even he may be a wrong doer or culprit as per the law, the medical attention will not dwindle and the UP police need not get the recommendation of CM's for this purpose as the police need to report to the court.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #728958
    The journalist was arrested more than six months ago. As per the reports he tested positive for covid and is in hospital. It is also reported that he was chained to the cot and not allowed to use the toilet. Any sensible person knows that is inhuman. Until he is proved to be guilty of the charges which the Uttar Pradesh police claim, he should be treated in a humanitarian manner. When the Chief Minister of Kerala and more than 10 parliament members wrote to the Chief Minister of UP, it is his duty to provide better medical facilities to him. These days it has become common for the police to arrest journalists under UAPA. The Courts of Law have cautioned the police to be careful when booking under UAPA or sedition charges. Many cases of this nature failed in the courts as the police were unable to prove their charges. It is high time a law is brought into force to punish the officials who book cases without proper investigation and proof.
    " Be Good and Do Good "

  • #728970
    To all those who are supporting the illegal act by the UP police backed by the UP government, I don't think any clarification is needed about the Hasrath case. Four upper-caste men gang-raping a nineteen-year-old and killing her had created a furore across the country and the Yoginath government in UP had a tough time trying to save its face. The area was cordoned off by the police and no one was allowed to meet the near and dear ones of the victim. It was then when Sidique Kappan, a journalist trying to cover the incident for an online news portal, went to the area and tried to break the cordon. He was arrested and charged under nothing less than the UPA, a weapon that has often been wielded and used by the BJP government in the state. The police did file a charge sheet before the court but where is the proof?

    Sidique Kappan is a victim of the face-saving game by the Yoginath government. Be it be so, we are now concerned about the inhuman treatment that is being meted out to him, as per reports. I am observing some justifications coming up in this forum and am feeling disturbed. Why should a man, who is undergoing treatment, be chained to his bed? Why shouldn't he be allowed to go to the toilet? Why is his health condition being ignored? I don't think even a hard-core terrorist will be treated the way he is being treated. Let us not forget that even a criminal is entitled to basic human rights. I would not like to mince my words and would like to say that the journalist is facing this issue simply because of two reasons. Firstly he tried to highlight the Hasrath incident which the UP government wanted to hide and secondly because he happens to be a Muslim. The police should either prove the charges against him or should let him free.

    “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance." -Socrates

  • #728975
    This is a case where it is difficult to find out whether the journalist really did something wrong or police had done some high handedness in the matter. Whatever be the reason the case should be sorted out in the court as early as possible so that if the journalist is not guilty why he should go under such a condition where it is alleged that he is chained with the bed. Police even do not do this with the terrorists and other bad elements in the society.
    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #728982
    Now the question is not why they arrested him. Even terrorists were given necessary treatment when they are not well and taken care of properly. In such a case why the police are so inhuman in this case. A person who is tested Covid positive should be given proper treatment and see that he will be comfortable. This is not correct and police should change their attitude and proper care should be extended to him as required.
    Any small ill-treatment to any prisoner, generally, human rights protection people will make a lot of voice outside. Why they are keeping silent on this issue is a big question mark. It is more than 6 months and no statement I have seen anywhere from these people.

    always confident

  • #729081
    The Supreme Court today ordered that journalist Siddique Kappan be shifted to Delhi for treatment. The Uttar Pradesh government opposed the decision and wanted Kappan to be treated in U.P. only. The Chief Justice firmly asked the U.P. government to shift him to AIIMS or any other Delhi Government Hospital.
    " Be Good and Do Good "

  • #729082
    This is really bad and a stain in the name of humanity. I agree that even if a prisoner is a criminal, he should still be treated like humans. But this kind of abusive act has to take away the public's trust from both the police and the government and at the same time, words like law and justice also make the value zero. According to the information of the media, on the basis of Article 32 of the constitutional remedies in the related case, an appeal has also been made in the Supreme Court but it has also been kept pending for months. This kind of treatment is totally unbearable.

  • #729084
    Despite the directives from the Supreme court to shift the journalist from UP to Delhi hospital, if the UP government is not willing to shift the guy, it amounts to disrespect and contempt of court by the UP government which is not acceptable. Law should take its own course, but humanity should be valued and respected.
    No life without Sun

  • #729206
    Everything is fine with the discussion except below two points,
    1. Being used in the main thread, "four Thakur men".
    2. #728970 / "secondly because he happens to be a Muslim".

  • #729211
    Since Oct'20 to till date countless things happened and I feel pity on the discrimination being done by few on the choice of happenings and the incidences when it is a matter to speak.

    We are well aware of how come victim card being played by some and how media come in support of those. The information comes to us after many twists and turns and we tend to believe because our dumb sixth sense says this is right and we began to exploit the most explicit stocks from a dictionary which tend to suit our propaganda.

    Observe, the choice of words and how the author describes the whole incidence when the author herself not aware of the charge sheet being filed by the UP Police.

    This explains everything.

  • #729224
    Ved Prakash and Mohan, don't try to spice up a topic with unwarranted twists by trying to misinterpret facts that have been stated. We are not discussing politics here.
    “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance." -Socrates

  • #729225
    @Saji Ganesh
    Which part you do not agree with me?

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